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CPI(M) to launch door-to-door campaign in Himachal against State and Centre Govts



CPIM Himachal door to door campaign

Shimla -State Committee of Communist Party of India (Marxist) has also opened an attack against the State and Centre Governments over various issues. Both Bhartiya Janata Party and Congress were alleged of implementing neo-liberal policies to benefit the big corporates.

CPI (M) announced it will launch door to door campaign against the anti people policies of BJP led NDA Government at centre and Congress Government in Himachal Pradesh. The campaign will start from August 15 to 31, 2017 at District and Tehsil headquarters, said CPI (M).

The party alleged the Congress Government in Himachal Pradesh of implementing neo-liberal policies too. These policies have resulted in a crisis in agriculture, unemployment, poverty and open loot of resources of the state by big corporate. It further alleged the state government of patronizing various mafia in the state.

There is land, drug, and forest mafia active and growing in the state and common people are targeted and harassed by them but state government remains a silent spectator,

CIP(M) alleged in a statement.

There are serious law and order situations and complete failure of the State to protect the lives of people of the State.

Numbers of Rapes and murders are increasing in the state but the state is not playing any role to implement the law of the land. This situation has forced people of the state to lose confidence in the state and role of the police is under doubt and suspicion in most of the cases.

CPI (M) alleged the BJP led NDA Government of implementing same neo-liberal policies being that the previous Congress government was pursuing.

These policies are responsible for the agrarian crisis in the country and are resulting in large numbers of suicides, said CPI(M). During Lok Sabha elections in 2014, BJP had promised to curtail price rise, to implement Swaminathan Commission report to meet out the agrarian crisis, employment to 2 crore youth every year, 33 percent reservation for women in Parliament and other relief to people, it said.

However, in last 3 year, the government did not give heed to their promises made during elections and implemented neo-liberal policies more speedily and vigorously in the country.

The government withdrew the subsidy on LPG and other essential commodities, it said. The government is indulged in disinvestment of the public sector to benefit big corporate, alleged CPI (M).

The rapid process of economic reforms by the Central Government is putting a burden on the common man and offering incentives and tax rebates to big corporate. This is increasing gap between rich and poor in the country, said the party.

The main demands of the party as follows:

  • Loan waiver for farmers
  • Fulfillment of BJP’s promise of creating 2 crore jobs
  • Formation of provision by Centre government for procurement of crop from farmers
  • To stop privatization of services in the public sector
  • Legal provision for 33% reservation for women
  • Roll back of Rs. 4 hike on domestic LPG
  • Regularization of land encroached by farmers
  • Make sugar and kerosene oil available in depots
  • Rectify the deteriorating law and order situation in the State.

This anti people and pro corporate role of both the Governments at centre and state will be explained during the campaign to the people and peoples movement will be built against these anti people neo-liberal policies and alternative to these policies will be built in the state by organizing all sections

, CPI(M) said.


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Krishi Karman Award to Himachal for increased food grain production



Himachal wins national Krishi Karman Award

The total food grains production in the state increased from 14.94 lakh tonnes to 16.40 lakh tonnes during last five years

Shimla: Himachal Pradesh has received the Krishi Karman Award for its achievement in showing highest production of food grains, said the State government. 

Agriculture Minister Dr Ramlal Markanda received ‘Krishi Karman Award’ for the year 2015-16 from Prime Minister Narendra Modi during a ceremony organized at New Delhi, yesterday.  The award consists of a trophy, citation, and cash prize.

Besides, two progressive farmers of the state including a woman farmer also received the prizes.

Congratulating the Agriculture department for this achievement, Additional Chief Secretary, Agriculture Dr Srikant Baldi said this feat was achieved by the department by extending technological inputs and services to the farmers of the state.

As per the government records, the total food grains production in the state increased from 14.94 lakh tonnes to 16.40 lakh tonnes during last five years.  Besides, the department claims it has also done commendable work in promoting poly-house cultivation, crop diversification, micro-irrigation, organic farming and soil health management.

Krishi Karman Awards are instituted by the Union Ministry of Agriculture in 2010-11 to reward the best performing States in the production of rice, wheat, cereals, pulses and total food grains.

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HP Cabinet Minister Vipin Singh Parmar celebrates birthday with special children



HP Cabinet Minister Vipin Singh Parmar Birthday

Shimla: Health and Family Welfare Minister of Himachal Pradesh, Vipin Singh Parmar, visited the school for deaf and dumb at Dhalli, Shimla, in the late evening  and celebrated his birthday with special children.

Health Minister distributed fruits, vegetables, cake and sweets to the children. He also attended the cultural programme presented by the children on this occasion.

Parmar said the State government is giving special emphasis on the welfare of special children, education, food and shelter facilities. He urged teachers and staff members at school to work for the welfare of these children with commitment and dedication.

These children are an important part of the society. These children have some traits and talents in them which need to be honed for their better future, he said.

He said many special children are contributing to the society at par with the general citizens. These children are also serving efficiently in the government services.

Parmar interacted with children and encouraged them to learn more. He said that these children are special to the society. They should have a progressive approach to the life and a passion for learning.

Son of Kanchan Singh Parmar, Vipin was born at village Nanao, Tehsil Palampur, in Kangra on March 15 March, 1964.


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Rohtang Tunnel access road facing increased avalanche threats as Himachal’s average temp on rise: Study



Shimla: A research carried out in Himachal Pradesh within the framework of the Indian Himalayas Climate Adaptation Program (IHCAP), a partnership led jointly by the Indian and Swiss authorities with strong scientific input from University of Geneva (UNIGE), Switzerland, has a bad news for the Hill State.

The impacts of global warming are felt especially in mountainous regions, where the rise in temperatures is above average, affecting both glacierized landscapes and water resources.

The repercussions of these changes are manifold and varied, from retreating glaciers to an increase in the frequency and intensity of snow avalanches.

A team of researchers from the UNIGE, Switzerland, has employed endrochronology– the reconstruction of past disasters as recorded in growth series of trees– to disentangle the role of global warming in the triggering avalanches.

The results of this study are published in the Proceedings of the National Academic of Science – PNAS.

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Avalanches are a natural phenomenon and occur repeatedly in mountain areas; nonetheless, rising temperatures are altering their triggering. This can lead to disasters and serious consequences in mountain areas where they can severely affect the socio-economic development and the destruction of traffic infrastructure, and buildings.

This is the case in Himachal Pradesh, where increasing residential numbers and tourism are exerting pressure on land use. Along the road to Leh, 500 km north of New Delhi, the Indian government has drilled one of the largest tunnels of the Indian sub-continent.

study of glacier melting in himcahla pradesh

Avalanche slope in the Western Himalayas used for the reconstruction of changes in avalanche frequency. Red dots indicate the locations of sampled trees. Potential release areas are indicated with semitransparent white surfaces and have been detected using the approach suggested by Bühler et al. (26). The access road to the new Rothang tunnel crosses the lower part of the slope.

With the ongoing climate warming, snow avalanches are increasingly threatening the access road to the tunnel. This is why UNIGE researchers conducted their fieldwork at the spot from 2013 to 2015, in a valley located at between 3,000 and 4,000 m.

Trees: silent witnesses to the upsurge in the number of avalanches

The aim of the research group was to evaluate – and add to – the information currently available about avalanches with two goals:

(i) To identify the nature of the changes in avalanche activity currently taking place; and

(ii) To assess future needs for tackling these changes.

In the absence of data comparable to the information collected in European surveys, for which records often exist for the past few centuries, the UNIGE researchers focused on trees: they examined stumps (when the tree had been removed) or cored trees that were still standing to reconstruct past snow avalanches at the study site.

The scientists were able to date individual events by analysing the growth rings and wounds left on the trees by avalanches. The research included nearly 150 trees.

Since we knew the position of each affected tree, we were able to reconstruct the dynamics, lateral extent and runout distance of every avalanche,

explains Juan Antonio Ballesteros-Cánovas, a senior lecturer at UNIGE’s Institute for Environmental Sciences (ISE).


This technique meant we could go back to 1855 and record 38 avalanches over this period in the valley, the largest survey conducted to date in the Himalayas.

he added.

The models used for testing the impact of climate change combine the risks of avalanche with local climate data. They were adjusted to include the likely effect on topographical features resulting from earlier avalanches.

Since they destroy the plant cover, they are an aggravating risk factor. The results brooked no argument: from the second half of the twentieth century, there has been an increase in the number of avalanches, both in terms of frequency and intensity. The frequency has risen from one event per decade to almost one event every year.

The impact of temperature on the cryosphere

Avalanches are bigger, travel greater distances and are triggered earlier in the year. These changes can be attributed clearly to rising temperatures, which have reached 0.2 to 0.4 degrees annually in some parts of the Himalayas.

And rising air temperature are also affecting the cryosphere: glaciers are receding and permafrost is melting, losing its role as a sediment stabiliser.

 In addition, the structure of the snowpack is changing: it is being transformed by increasingly warmer air temperatures and/or altered by rain-on-snow events.

Snow is now also falling earlier in the season and is being destabilised before spring, at a time when it is thicker, leading to an increase in the number and intensity of avalanches.

Since the snow is wet, avalanches are descending slowly but over greater distances than in the past.


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